Here is what Robert is working on now. Isn’t this adornment around the tree pretty? It will give the trees room to grow and a place for me to plant. Yes, Charlie Ross is sneaking a peak.
I’m as surprised as anyone. I just let him build and see what’s going to happen next.
Of course now that we’re coming down the stretch, we’re pondering adding to the project…
See this area where the deck ends near the tools? Maybe extend the deck to build a gazebo?
A gazebo shaped in what I think is an octagon that Robert put around the trees? This is his thinking.
Oh yes, the tree we’ve been feverishly trying to kill. To eradicate the many shoots that have sprung up all over the yard…
I figured out what it was. Remember it was just in front of that building equipment. It was/is a black locust, and apparently hard to kill.
BIOLOGY & SPREAD
Black locust reproduces vigorously by root suckering and stump sprouting to form groves (or clones) of trees interconnected by a common fibrous root system. Physical damage to roots and stems increases suckering and sprouting, making control difficult. Black locust clones easily spread in quality and restorable natural areas. Although black locust produces abundant seeds, they seldom germinate.
Mowing and burning are only effective in reducing the further spread of young shoots from a clone or parent tree. To kill a clone, cutting alone is ineffective. Herbicides applied to the stems or cut stumps spread into the root system and provide better control. From mid-June to August hand sprayer application of 6.25% glyphosate solution (15:1 water:glyphosate) to stumps cut near the ground has been used by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Region V State Parks Resource Management Office. Resprouting and suckering from dense clones may require follow up treatment after a few years*.
*Because plants that appear to have been killed can resprout even several years after treatment with herbicide, annual monitoring should be conducted and follow-up treatments made as needed.
Anyone have experience with this horrid, despicable tree?